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Dealing with Upper Arm Injuries

Injuries to the upper arm muscles and tendons are most common in men 30–50, but women may also experience them. If the tendon ruptures, you may feel a tearing sensation and actually hear a pop,... more »

What is Athletic Heart Syndrome?

Heart health and athletic endurance go hand-in-hand. “Exercise strengthens the heart muscle, enabling it to pump a greater volume of blood with each heartbeat,” said Dr. Deepak Bhatt, editor of the Harvard Heart Letter, in a... more »

January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month

When the temperature drops and snow begins to fall, many people can't wait to hit the slopes or ice rink. Winter fun is on their minds, not any potential injury. Yet if thoughtful preparation for... more »

On-the-Go Recovery Device Aids Athletes While Being Academic Compliant

Collegiate football programs across the country are taking advantage of sustained acoustic medicine (sam®) — a low-intensity, long-duration ultrasound treatment developed by ZetrOZ Systems — to aid in the recovery process while not sacrificing academic compliance.... more »

Buffalo Bills Medical Staff Honored Prior to Patriots Game

The Buffalo Bills may have received a hero's welcome when they returned to the field Sunday for the first time since Damar Hamlin collapsed on Monday. But one of the loudest pregame ovations was for the heroes... more »

Study: Athletic Participation Linked to Increased Odds of Vaping

Teenagers who play team sports are more likely to vape, according to new research. Vaping increases the risk of respiratory problems and can be deadly in rare cases. A study in the journal Pediatrics examined... more »

Study: Multidirectional Sports Lead to Stronger Bones

According to a recent study, young athletes develop more robust skeletons playing multidirectional sports — like soccer and basketball — than unidirectional sports like track and cross country. The study was conducted by the University... more »

Does Sport Specialization Lead to Overuse Injuries?

According to research from the National Council of Youth Sports, sports specialization leads to higher injury rates – particularly overuse injuries. Orthopedic surgeon Rowland B. Mayor, MD, adult and pediatric sports medicine specialist with Hartford HealthCare’s Bone &... more »

How Fitness Plays a Role in Mental Health

Fitness and a healthy outlook on life are key contributors to one's mental health. That is especially true for student-athletes. The definition of fitness is “the condition of being physically fit and healthy,” according to... more »

Losing Weight Quickly Increases Injury Risks to Wrestlers

When wrestlers use tactics like "crash dieting" to lose weight quickly before a match to make weight, they are more like to increase the risk of injury according to a new study. The study, entitled... more »

IOC & University of Utah Partner to Promote Athletic Health

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has designated a coalition of U.S. sports medicine institutions that includes University of Utah Health as one of 11 IOC research centers worldwide. The centers promote research, development, and implementation... more »

Study Suggests Women Soccers Players Don’t Have Same Sports Technology

Women soccer players require specifically tailored products such as kits, boots, and balls in order to optimize their performance and safety on the pitch, according to a paper published in Sports Engineering. A recent post... more »

5 Benefits of Sports Nutrition for Young Athletes

As a young athlete, you want to perform your best. That’s why it’s vital to understand the benefits of sports nutrition and how it can help you achieve your goals. A recent article from Pulse... more »

Sports Clinic Helping Athletes Embrace Natural Pain Treatments

Athletes living with joint pain and sports injuries experience a reduced quality of life, limited mobility, and discomfort. Athletes who have seen no improvements after trying different traditional pain treatment methods can visit QC Kinetix (Andover-Lawrence),... more »

Massachusetts Athletic Trainer Saves Life at Football Game

A Massachusetts athletic trainer sprang into action during a Saturday night football game to save the life of a man who suffered a heart attack. A clock operator for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA)... more »

Mental Health of Student-Athletes Improve Since COVID-19

During the AAP National Conference & Exhibition, presenters shared findings of decreased mental health issues, like anxiety and depression, among student-athletes following a return to sports after the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-author Drew Watson, MD, MS,... more »

Joint NFL-NFLPA Statement: Joint Review of the Application of the NFL’s Concussion Protocol

The NFL and NFLPA have completed their joint review of the application of their concussion protocol following the injury to Miami Dolphins Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa during their game on September 25, 2022. Background and Context... more »

Blood Flow Restriction Training For Injured Athletes

Blood flow restriction training, also known as BFR or occlusion training, helps athletes recover from injury or surgery. It uses special equipment to safely prevent low-oxygen blood from leaving the targeted muscle. At the same... more »

Utah Researchers Study Positive Effects of Infrared Light into Concussed Brains

Whether a former football player, boxer, tactical athlete, soccer player, or any other type of athlete for that matter, the long-lasting symptoms of a concussion or brain injuries are real. Debilitating mood swings, diminished cognitive... more »

Get The Facts on Youth Sports Injuries

In the U.S., about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and more than 3.5 million injuries each year, which cause some loss of time of participation, are experienced by... more »

NFL Op-Ed: More Diversity in Sports Medicine Can Improve Athletes’ Health

As the National Football League begins another exciting season, players are once again relying on their club medical staffs to provide medical care and advice to stay healthy throughout the season. A recent op-ed post... more »

LSU Study Shows Football Players Bounced Back Quickly from COVID

A first-of-its-kind study conducted in collaboration with LSU’s School of Kinesiology, LSU Athletics, Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Our Lady of the Lake researched how the immune system of elite student-athletes responded to the COVID-19... more »

Queensland University Aims for World’s First Concussion Blood Test

Researchers at The University of Queensland are seeking volunteer school rugby and basketball players for brain scans as they work on a new blood test to help diagnose concussion. The Queensland Brain Institute at UQ has partnered... more »

How To Know the Signs of a Concussion

As high school sports get underway this fall, sports medicine specialists remind athletes, parents, and coaches that concussions can be challenging to diagnose. A recent report from Medical Xpress highlighted the signs to be aware of... more »

Pickleball Injuries Are On The Rise

For many Americans, the pandemic sport of choice was pickleball, a game played on a court that is part ping pong, part badminton, and part tennis. Highly social while being played both indoors and outdoors,... more »

The Title IX Impact on Women Athlete’s Sport Studies

Many of the impacts Title IX has had on women are well-known, visible throughout society. What about the impacts of women playing sports that aren't known, though? And what might that mean for our society in the... more »

IV Nutrition Becoming the Norm for Athletes, Despite No Evidence It Works

Intravenous (IV) nutrition, which used to be considered a treatment of "last resort," is threatening to become the norm for competitive athletes, despite no scientific evidence that it works or that it is safe, warn... more »

LHU Athletic Training Students Complete Bucknell Externship

As part of Greg Zappala’s final semester with Lock Haven University’s (LHU) Master of Science degree in athletic training, he completed his full-immersion internship with Bucknell University’s sports medicine and athletic training staff. This experience... more »

Vanderbilt Using Motion Capture Technology to Assess Movement Patterns

It starts as persistent and irritating pain in the foot or lower leg, then it gets more intense, maybe with swelling, and soon a runner knows she’s being sidelined by one of the most common... more »

Study: High School Seniors Playing Contact Sports Are 50% More Likely to Future Misuse of Prescription Stimulants

High school seniors who play sports were suggested to be more likely than non-athletes to misuse prescription stimulants in young adulthood, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of Michigan also found that... more »

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